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UN court acquits Serb officials of war crimes

UN court acquits Serb officials of war crimes

United nations: A UN tribunal in The Hague has acquitted two former Serbian security officials who were accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 1990s Bosnian War.

Judges said on Thursday that there was insufficient evidence to show that either man had assisted soldiers who allegedly were responsible for murder and other crimes.

The verdict at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for Franko Simatovic, known as 'Frenki', and Jovica Stanisic, or 'Ledeni' - Serbian for 'ice-man' - follows a three-year trial.

Al Jazeera's Katarina Drlja, reporting from The Hague, said: "As soon as the judge acquitted both of them, we could hear gasps of disbelief, of shock, from the representatives of the war victims.

"They couldn't find the words to describe how they feel."

They had expected a guilty verdict, she said.

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